Google has promised to add the ability to refuse automatic synchronization of the browser profile *
* This will happen only in the middle of October with a patch of 70
One of the main scandals around Google over the past week is related to the inconspicuous but potentially extremely unpleasant function of automatically connecting a Chrome user profile after login on any of the company's resources. In this case, cookies associated with Google services can not be deleted by browser even through advanced browser settings.
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- Christoph Tavan (@ctavan) September 2? 2018
entry in his blog. "Why I'm done with Chrome" , which gives not only a retrospective development of the browser, but also a detailed explanation of why "chrome everything and use it it will no longer be."
We need to step aside a little, and give an understanding of the situation for those who use other browsers, from "fire-fighter" to Safari. Google Chrome has a user profile feature that is linked to the email address of gmail. This profile stores a lot of user data that lies in the cloud and is synchronized with the browser at the time of login (if the operation is performed for the first time on this device). In this case, the user can continue to manually enter their login-passwords on Google services (such as Gmail, YouTube and others) without logging into their Google Chrome profile. It seems adequate and convenient, right?
With the update 6? which the company recently supplied to users, everything changed radically, which was noticed by Matthew: now the login on any Google service resulted in the synchronization of the browser with the profile that was associated with this service.
That is, the manual login at the e-mail address pulled the entire user profile of this mail to the browser.
In this case everything happens in a "quiet" mode and the only thing that changes visually is the user's avatar in the upper right corner of the screen:
Officially, the new function is called "Identity consistency between browser and cookie jar" and according to experts of the company is not something criminal or potentially dangerous.
Once the community has more or less figured out what is happening, at Hacker News and Reddit a flurry of criticism fell upon the company. The topic was also discussed on other platforms.
Will be fixed, but then
A few days later, Google representatives said that they "heard the community" and the new "feature" will be finalized. Google does not abandon its plans to pull up a user profile in Chrome when logging into any of the Google services, but will now make this process more obvious and controlled. Thus, in an official letter from Google, which was published today in the blog of Chrome , it is said that the function of the agreed entrance, according to the company, is a good decision that will benefit the audience, that is, they do not intend to refuse it.
At the same time, the company declares that the user profile auto-login in the browser is not dangerous, since the synchronization of user data is disabled by default. But, in fact, it depends entirely on the browser settings on a particular machine. That is now, to ensure its own security, the user must check whether the profile is enabled in the browser settings or not, and only then log in to Google services.
In update 7? which will be released in mid-second half of October, it is promised to make changes to UI for greater visibility of the new browser function:
According to the representative of the Chrome team, the data synchronization will be started manually by the user (see the image above and the corresponding button) to ensure the required level of security. In fact, now Google is trying to convince everyone around that the new function "it's cool and right", and everyone else just does not understand anything in UX and UI.
The only real change that will occur with the release of version 7? will be due to nailed to the Google services cookies browser. Here the company really went to meet the community and promised to add the ability to delete these files from the browser, which is currently impossible.
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What browser are you using now?
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Will you continue to use Google Chrome after these updates?
Yes, but only at home. For login in unfamiliar places I will use another browser.
No, I plan to abandon Chrome.
I do not use Chrome at all and I do not advise you.
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